WHAT IS THE BARTONELLA ePCR™ TRIPLE DRAW LAB TEST?
The Bartonella ePCR™ triple draw test platform is designed to detect active infections of all pathogenic bacteria in the genus Bartonella. It is recommended for occupational screening of animal health professionals and diagnostic testing for symptomatic patients with risk of exposure. The ePCR test platform combines highly sensitive PCR and a proprietary enrichment step that grows the bacteria to detectable levels. These bacteria infect at very low levels and are, therefore, difficult to detect using conventional testing methods. The highly sensitive and specific ePCR triple draw test supports a more accurate diagnosis for chronic conditions. Serial testing using a triple draw approach further increases sensitivity of the test by capturing Bartonella species as they cycle in and out of the bloodstream, otherwise evading detection.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE BARTONELLA ePCR™ TRIPLE DRAW TEST?
WHY DO I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR BARTONELLA?
Bartonella species infection, a zoonotic disease, mimics many other conditions, including other chronic infections and a number of autoimmune diseases. If you are in a high risk group, like animal health professionals, regular screening is recommended. If you are experiencing hard-to-diagnose chronic symptoms and in a high-risk group, like an animal worker, or have otherwise been exposed to fleas, lice or ticks, certain biting flies, and animals, (e.g., cats, dogs, horses, rodents, etc.), you should consider testing for a systemic Bartonella infection. Symptoms are broad and may include rheumatologic (arthritis, chronic fatigue, joint or muscle pain), neurological (numbness, weakness, mental fogging), cardiovascular (endocarditis, myocarditis) conditions, vision issues, fever of unknown origin, weight loss, irritability, headaches or rashes.
ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BARTONELLA ePCR™ TRIPLE DRAW TEST?
No fasting is required.
Customers should be off antibiotics for at least 2 weeks prior to having samples drawn.
Bartonella ePCR triple draw test is recommended with a blood sample taken on 3 days out of 5-8 days (e.g. Monday, Wednesday, Friday) due to the cyclical presence of the bacteria in the blood.
Other relevant lab tests
• Bartonella ePCR Single Draw
• Bartonella IFA Serology
• PCR Tick Panel
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY TEST RESULTS?
Test results generally take three (3) weeks.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RANGES FOR THE BARTONELLA ePCR™ TRIPLE DRAW TEST?
Positive or Negative. Positive results include DNA sequence identification of species detected.
Indeterminate PCR, Indeterminate Sequence – A positive PCR was obtained. However, DNA sequencing was not successful and repeat PCR was negative.
IF MY TEST RESULTS ARE POSITIVE, WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
Please consult with your Primary Care Physician or Infectious Disease Specialist if your test results are positive.
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